Tag Archives: Horticulture

Calpurnia aurea – Yellow keurboom. featured tree at Towerkop Nursery.


Calpurnia aurea¬†being attended to by a pollinator. This small evergreen tree is indigenous to the eastern cape, natal and gauteng provinces of South Africa. It grows to 4m. It is fast growing and produces yellow pea-like flowers from 2yrs, making it the ideal ‘instant’ tree. It can be pruned into a compact shape and is frost tolerant.


Moonstone, Pachyphytum flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.


A native of Mexico, this Moonstone succulent flowers from late winter to early spring.

This Stapeliad is flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.


It is indigenous to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Today Towerkop Nursery is recycling.


The carrier handle on this wine box makes a good plant tag !

Stapelia gariepensis – Flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.


Found in stony places and drier areas of the Karoo and Namaqualand in South Africa. The starfish-like flowers mimic the odour of rotting flesh, to attract the carrion flies that pollinate them.

Nice to look at though !


Seedpod and seeds of Stapelia gariepensis.

Sea-onion, Albuca bracteata. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

albucaAlbuca bracteata – Sea onion being attended to by a bee !

Attractive inflorescences on long spikes of small white fragrant flowers with green central stripes produced from spring to summer.

These South African natives are particularly attractive in rock gardens, slopes and containers.



Chincherinchee – Ornithogalum thyrsoides. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.


Ornithogalum thyrsoides is a bulbous perrenial bearing a raceme of glossy white flowers.

It occurs on sandy flats and lower slopes from Namaqualand to the southern cape.

Now flowering at Towerkop Nursery, I just love the name ‘Chincherinchee’ !